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Our SIR 128 Branch Listing for Upcoming Special Events
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California State Railroad Museum Jan 22
For all SIRS railroad enthusiast!!
California State Railroad Museum
January 22, 2020  
A 1 hour docent-led tour to the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento Historic Park is being planned for January 22, 2020 at 10:00 am.  "Widely regarded as North America's finest  and most popular railroad museum, the California State Railroad Museum houses more than 20 restored locomotives and railroad cars, along with thousands of smaller artifacts and a variety of exhibits in its 100,000 sq.ft. exhibition facility."  (from California State Railroad Museum brochure). 
Along with the many exhibits there is an award winning 20 minute movie , "Evidence of a Dream", which describes the importance of the railroad in developing California and making America.  To be right in line in visiting the museum we will plan to take the 1 hour  ride on the very comfortable 8:30 am Amtrak  Capitol Corridor train from Martinez to the state Capitol arriving in time for the opening of the museum.  The special  docent lead tour will last about 1 hour with ample time to visit the many exhibits.  This will probably be a all day event , but one with many interesting things to see.
California State Railroad Museum
Corner of Second and I Streets
Sacramento, CA. 95814
(916) 323-9280
Cost per person: $47 - Includes round  trip train ride (senior rate), entrance fee (group rate) and tour
Max number of attendees allowed: 20 attendees
Special/arrangements (carpooling or lunch)
Carpooling is advised.  Plan to be in Martinez train station no later than 8:00am.  Tickets can be purchased online (preferably) or at the train station.  Instructions will be sent to purchase senior rate tickets online. (senior rate $17.10 one way)  Parking is available at Martinez Waterfront Park.  Short walk to Martinez train station.  Lunch can be arranged at Rio City Cafe  near the Railroad Museum.
Feb 5
Historic Paramount Theater Tour
Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, it was one of the first Depression-era buildings to incorporate and integrate the work of numerous creative artists into its architecture and is particularly noteworthy for its successful orchestration of the various artistic disciplines into an original and harmonious whole. It is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, and theatrical plays.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, for a 90 minute docent led behind the scenes tour of this beautiful Theater. Your cost is $6 per person;  the tour starts at 10 am and is limited to the first 20 registrants—please sign up on our website. For those attendees who wish to dine together after the tour, a luncheon will be planned. Please note that this tour requires a great deal of walking and your negotiating lots of stairs.
Elephant Seal Visit Feb 13
Ano Nuevo Seal Walk

A second docent lead tour of the Ano Nuevo Seal Walk is being planned for February 13th 2020. Early February is the peak season when the Northern Elephant Seals are most plentiful. The Bulls often engage in battles for breeding with the females, and pregnant mothers come ashore to have their pups. Mothers nurse their pups for a month before weaning their pups, mating, and heading back to sea. Additional info is available on their web site.

Ano Nuevo Sate Park
1 New Years Creek Rd.
Pescadero, CA. 94060
(650) 879-2025
Date & Start Time: February 13, 2020; 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Event Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost per person: $7.00 + 4.00 (Guided tour) = $11.00 per person
Parking fee for Senior (age 62+) - $9.00

Max number of attendees allowed: 20 members
Special instructions/arrangements
Ample time is left to drive to Ano Nuevo. Because of the tour start time please bring brown bag lunch to enjoy before the tour. There are park benches available. Carpooling is encouraged. After the tour early dinner can be arranged at the Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. This would avoid rush hour traffic back to the East Bay. Weather is unpredictable in February so bring warm jacket, layered clothing, sturdy shoes just in case it is rainy or muddy. The walk is approximately 3.5 miles often over sandy hills. Bring bottled water for drinking on the trail.

Event Organizer: Danny Basso
Questions? Call Danny Basso at 925-519-1715
Anchor Brewery Tour Mar 25
A Public Tour and Tasting at Anchor Brewery in San Francisco

On March 25th a docent lead tour is being planned to visit Anchor Brewery in San Francisco. “Get a glimpse at centuries old craft brewing traditions, a taste of San Francisco history, and a flight of selected Anchor beers.”  You will begin by entering the historic taproom with their flagship beer, Anchor Steam, and get an overview of the company’s history and impact on craft brewing. You will learn their unique brewing process and get to sample up to 12 fresh Anchor beers on tap. Additional info on Anchor Brewery can be found on their web site

Venue /Location

Anchor Brewery Company
1705 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, Ca. 94107

Date & Start Time: March 25, 2020 (No start time set)

Event Duration: 1.5 hrs.

Cost per person: $25.00

Max number of attendees allowed: 25 members

Special instructions
Please have cash payment ready to pay back Event Organizer Randy Wong
Ladies Day Luncheon Apr 8
You can also check out past events in our Special Events Archive!